sweet

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Etymology[edit]

Via Middle English swete, sweete, from Old English swēte, from Proto-Germanic *swōtuz, from Proto-Indo-European *sweh₂d-. Compare West Frisian swiet, Low German sööt, Dutch zoet, German süß, Danish sød.

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sweet (comparative sweeter, superlative sweetest)

  1. Having a pleasant taste, especially one relating to the basic taste sensation induced by sugar.
    a sweet apple
  2. Having a taste of sugar.
  3. Containing a sweetening ingredient.
  4. (wine) Retaining a portion of sugar.
    Sweet wines are better dessert wines.
  5. Not having a salty taste.
    sweet butter
    • 1821, Robert Thomas, The modern practice of physic
      Nothing has been found so effectual for preserving water sweet at sea, during long voyages, as charring the insides of the casks well before they are filled.
  6. Having a pleasant smell.
    a sweet scent
    • Longfellow
      The breath of these flowers is sweet to me.
  7. Not decaying, fermented, rancid, sour, spoiled, or stale.
    sweet milk
  8. Having a pleasant sound.
    a sweet tune
    • Nathaniel Hawthorne
      a voice sweet, tremulous, but powerful
  9. Having a pleasing disposition.
    a sweet child
  10. Having a helpful disposition.
    It was sweet of him to help out.
  11. (mineralogy) Free from excessive unwanted substances like acid or sulphur.
    sweet soil
    sweet crude oil
  12. (informal) Very pleasing; agreeable.
    The new Lexus was a sweet birthday gift.
  13. (informal, followed by on) Romantically fixated, enamored (followed by with), fond (followed by of).
    The attraction was mutual and instant; they were sweet on one another from first sight.
  14. (obsolete) Fresh; not salt or brackish.
    sweet water
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
  15. Pleasing to the eye; beautiful; mild and attractive; fair.
    a sweet face; a sweet colour or complexion
    • Milton
      Sweet interchange / Of hill and valley, rivers, woods, and plains.

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  • Also used as a positive response to good news or information: They're making a sequel? Ah, sweet!

Adverb[edit]

sweet (comparative more sweet, superlative most sweet)

  1. In a sweet manner.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)

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Noun[edit]

sweet (countable and uncountable, plural sweets)

  1. (uncountable) The basic taste sensation induced by sugar.
  2. (countable, UK) A confection made from sugar, or high in sugar content; a candy.
  3. (countable, UK) A food eaten for dessert.
    Can we see the sweet menu, please?
  4. sweetheart; darling
    • Ben Jonson
      Wherefore frowns my sweet?
  5. (obsolete) That which is sweet or pleasant in odour; a perfume.
    • Milton
      a wilderness of sweets
  6. (obsolete) That which is pleasing or welcome to the mind.
    the sweets of domestic life

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